If you’re looking for an honest brand that does soap really well and is affordable, Friendly Soap is the real deal. I adore sandalwood and have been looking for a palm-oil free soap containing sandalwood for sometime. So then I was naturally drawn to Friendly Soap’s Patchouli & Sandalwood Soap.
Friendly Soap’s Patchouli & Sandalwood Soap is less sandalwood-scented but contains more of the moisturising properties of red sandalwood. Granted the patchouli essential oil scent in this soap is strong, but I happen to like patchouli and found this burgundy-coloured soap a delight on the skin and on the senses.
My second foray into the world of Friendly Soap was the Detox Bar, made using activated charcoal that absorbs toxins from your skin. Subtly scented with lime and rosemary essential oils, this soap is a great addition to your bathing ritual if you want something that is going to have similar cleansing action to a body mud mask. It left skin feeling cleansed without drying the skin.
Friendly Soap’s now growing range of products, that also includes a shampoo bar, are vegan, cruelty-free, and made by people paid a living wage, without using plastic, parabens, or SLS phthalates.
Friendly Soap’s bars are ethically-made using a cold-process method handed down through generations of makers. It creates no by-products and relies on old-fashioned elbow grease, with every bar poured, cut and packed by hand.
An apt brand name, Friendly Soap have a down-to-earth approach and are clearly passionate about what they do, which is reflected in the quality of the products themselves. Each soap also comes in eco-friendly cardboard packaging.
Friendly Soap say “putting ethics before profits underpins everything here”, and their soaps, which start at a modest £2.11 for 85g, honours their values.
In recent months, I have searched and bought various bars of soap – everything from a supermarket brand baby soap, Oliva soap to Lush soap bars – and now I can say that I have found a trusted soap in Friendly Soap, which is both both skin-friendly and ethics-friendly.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com